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Description - Sophistication by Faye Hammill

In an era obsessed with celebrity and glamour, `sophistication' has come to be perceived as the most desirable of human qualities but it was not always so. In this fascinating book Faye Hammill explores how a word that once meant falsification and perversion came to be regarded as signifying discrimination and refinement. Hammill provides a literary, linguistic and cultural route from the Romantics, via the emergence of the Dandy and then of Modernism, to that most sophisticated of figures, Noel Coward, and on to the meaning of sophistication in the twenty-first century.

Ranging widely across historical documents, magazines, adverts, films and novels, this path-breaking book will be compulsory reading for sophisticates and scholars.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781846312328
ISBN-10: 1846312329
Format: Hardback
(239mm x 163mm x mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Liverpool University Press
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publish Date: 22-Apr-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Faye Hammill

Faye Hammill is Professor of English at the University of Strathclyde and the author of 'Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History' (Liverpool University Press, 2010).

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